Madison Senior Center recently collaborated with Public Health Madison-Dane County and Downtown Madison, Inc. for the City of Madison to achieve acceptance as a member of AARP’s network of Age-Friendly Communities. The network is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. Madison is the 6th municipality in Wisconsin to earn the designation.

AARP defines Livable Communities as those that are livable for people of all ages. Specifically, they are safe and secure places that provide affordable and appropriate transportation and housing options, and have quality health care and community services. “Livable communities mobilize volunteers to advocate, plan and make the changes they want to see in a way that honors the community’s values and preferences.”[1]

We are excited about this new initiative for the City of Madison, and look forward to working together with our community partners to make Madison the best it can be for everyone!

[1] AARP Livable Communities Roadmap to Livability Roadmap p5

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